CD Wire - July 16, 2018

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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Recognizing Excellence in CD: Schindler Award Nominations Due by November 1

In 2012, Extension CD professionals decided to create an award that was on par with annual recognition and cash awards made by 4-H, Ag/NR, and FCS. It was named the Annual Excellence in CD Award.

A little more than three years ago, we decided to name our Excellence in CD Award after Ray Schindler; one of the first Extension regional CD specialists who helped shape the Extension CD profession we know today. I had the distinct privilege of informing Ray and asking for his approval and recall he was quick to reply in true Ray fashion, “I am honored to accept and think it would be best to use my formal name: Raymond A. Schindler.”

From the earliest stages of the program area (early 1960s) to the present day as faculty emeritus, Ray’s contributions have been far reaching and impactful. When you think of your CD colleagues whose work has been far-reaching and impactful, please think about submitting them for consideration.

Nominating for the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award is easy. No later than Thursday, November 1:

  1. Summarize the colleague’s accomplishments in 300 words or less
  2. Attach up to three (3) pages of support documentation (e.g., listing of accomplishments that illustrate excellence)
  3. Acquire a letter of recommendation from the individual’s supervisor

You can access the nomination form, read specific details, and see previous award winners here.

Supporting Excellence and Pursuit of Excellence: CD Endowment Fund (622250) and Support Fund (308100)

The Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award involves a one-time $1000 cash payment (after taxes). The cash award is funded from Extension CD endowment income generated from an endowment with a current balance of over $60,000; a balance which is the accumulation of contributions by Extension CD professionals over nearly 30 years!
Our CD Professional Development Scholarships are funded from dollars contributed to the Support fund (308100). Contributions made to this fund do not earn interest but they can be used at any time to support CD programs. Current cash balance in this fund is over $10,000. Recent scholarship recipients include: Jill Bartolotta, Nicole Debose, and Amanda Osborne.
While you may see these funds highlighted during the annual OSU campus campaign, please realize that both of these university funds are open to contributions from any source (i.e. they need not be university employees to contribute). For all you have done to help support the growth of these funds, thank you very, very much!

Congrats to new Area Leader, Kyle White!

Congrats, Kyle!

A hearty congratulations to colleague Kyle White (formerly Medina County CD educator) who has been recently appointed as Area Leader for area 4. Her area includes Lorain, Medina and Summit counties. As area leader, Kyle will have a .5 administrative leadership appointment and a .5 programmatic role.

As part of the transition, Kyle’s county program assignment moved from Medina County to Lorain County, effective Sunday, July 1. Congrats, Kyle!



OSU HR Staff Development Grant Applications due July 31:

Group Grants If you are looking for funding to participate in professional development this year, this is a great opportunity. 

The Staff Career Development Grants are one way the university supports continuous growth in developing insight, experience, knowledge and skills. The Staff Career Development Grant provides staff an opportunity to further their growth and development. The grants are a great way for individuals and groups to identify areas of interest for professional development and have the opportunity to apply for funding. 

New this year, increased amounts available for individuals and groups to provide greater development opportunity. Eligible staff can apply for a Staff Career Development Grant of up to $1,250 for individuals, $1,750 for groups of 2-10 and $2,000 for groups of 11 or more. Grants can be used for professional development, education or training costs related to job and/or career goals. 

There are also new versions of the application and rubric. All applicants are encouraged to review the updated rubric prior to completing the application. Applications are being accepted until Tuesday, July 31.

The eligibility requirements:

Applicants must meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Must be employed as a regular full or part-time Classified Civil Service or Administrative and Professional staff member with at least two continuous years of service with Ohio State.
  2. Former Ohio State University staff member with at least two continuous years of service and currently unemployed due to the elimination of job position within the past year.

Please note: Faculty, student employees and staff on temporary appointments are not eligible for this grant.

Collaborating with Commercial Enterprises Workshop - August 1:

This workshop is led by the Industry Liaison Office and addresses the opportunities of, and challenges to, corporate collaboration. The session, offered Wednesday, August 1 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. in the Research Commons Library, provides researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement continuum, tools for vetting industrial opportunities and knowledge of the support resources at Ohio State. Registration required. Read more.

Northwest Ohio Farm to Table Event - September 16:

farm to table dinner The American Heart Association Northwest Ohio Division is hosting a Farm To Table event to showcase area farmers and promote the economic benefits of buying local and the health benefits of eating fresh. The event will be held Sunday, September 16 at The Stables in Whitehouse, Ohio.  Invitees will come from multiple industries including agriculture, medicine, hospitality, education and more.

The website for the event is and the flyer is attached along with sponsorship information.

Contact Jessica Hover for more information.

Navigating Difficult Conversations and Behaviors - November 13-15:

navigating difficult conversations and behaviors This professional development experience was offered in spring 2018 but needed to be postponed. Now your opportunity for growth and development related to Navigating Difficult Conversations and Behavior is being offered Tuesday, November 13 - Thursday, November 15 at the amazing and relaxing Deer Creek State Park (22300 State Park Road 20, Mt. Sterling, OH 43143).

In this training participants will:

  • Learn what conflict is and the challenges and benefits it creates
  • Learn approaches to conflict and your personal conflict management style
  • Learn facilitation process skills to improve effectiveness in leading and managing groups
  • Learn about and practice personal management skills and strategies for when faced with difficult conversations and behaviors
  • Identify and practice conflict management skills and strategies
Through support from Extension Administration and an Innovate grant, we are able to offer this training at a very low expense to you. Cost to attendees is lodging estimated at $100 single occupancy per night + taxes and fees as well as mileage. All other expenses are being covered by Extension Administration (over $800/participant total investment). The 50 mile exemption will be in effect due to the retreat nature of the training and remote location with participants expected to remain onsite throughout the training.
Who Should Apply
Twenty-four Extension professionals will be selected to participate in this professional development experience. Attendees will likely be Area Leaders, Educators or program staff who have an opportunity or desire to engage in significant community leadership/facilitation.
How to Apply
An application is required with a due date of August 24. Notification of selection will be made by Friday, September 7. Don’t hesitate! Fill out your application as soon as possible.
Facilitation Team
Nate Arnett, Kirk Bloir, Jeff King, Jared Morrison, Becky Nesbitt, Treva Williams
For more information, contact Nate Arnett.



Apply for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

scholar program The 2019-20 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is open. Fulbright offers nearly 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries. Several new program models have been designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, and Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible multi-country grants. Apply by Wednesday, August 1. Read more.



Resource now Available - Social Determinants of Health Statistics:

Atlas Plus

CDC’s AtlasPlus is a database of health statistics for public health professionals, policymakers, community leaders, researchers, students, and those interested in HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs or tuberculosis. This database provides statistics on these conditions at the state and county level. AtlasPlus was recently updated to include eleven new indicators related to HIV and indicators that reflect the social determinants of health. To learn more, visit the What’s New in AtlasPlus page.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff)


Research Newsletter (July 2018)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (June 2018)

North Central Region Water Network Newsletter (June 2018)

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